Chrissy Teigen may be a massively successful entrepreneur, model, TV star, and Twitter phenomenon, but to two-year-old Luna, she's just mom who sometimes makes really gross food that she will never ever even try. That's right. Even ultra-famous moms have to deal with picky eaters and the terrible twos. Chrissy shared her struggle to find food that Luna will eat on Twitter and Instagram.
She has gone so far as to make and laminate a menu with her daughter's favorite foods on it. It's a problem that almost every parent can relate to. Toddlers are by and large picky eaters who have to be tricked into getting their daily nutrients. When Chrissy bared her frustrated mom soul to the Internet, parents everywhere came through with amazing suggestions and strategies and methods for getting the little one to eat. Maybe some of these ideas will help you too.
Look at this precious pair.
On Monday, Teigen tweeted this:
I always came from the mindset of "eat what we serve or go to bed hungry" but I'm officially owned by my toddler, s… https://t.co/4VtmSLsNhg— chrissy teigen (@chrissy teigen)1545085244.0
Teigen even admitted to making a whole menu just so Luna will have something to eat.
I'm spending my days making a menu, cooking and plating every meal and taking pics so my DARLING ANGEL will eat som… https://t.co/EPhvls8AsT— chrissy teigen (@chrissy teigen)1545085341.0
Here is said menu:
I made a restaurant for my 2 and a half year old https://t.co/bqQ40bFQ4F— chrissy teigen (@chrissy teigen)1545155739.0
@chrissyteigen Also, sometimes my youngest will only eat “snack”. So I put dinner on the plate and call it snack. Works every time.— Abbey T. (@Abbey T.)1545088280.0
@chrissyteigen I told pediatrician kid wouldn't eat anything but chicken nuggets & pizza. He said then feed him chi… https://t.co/B00fDmmNvr— LynneGuire (@LynneGuire)1545086036.0
@chrissyteigen Sometimes I cut fruit into fun shapes to make them more appealing. For myself. I don’t have kids.— Mandy 🍁 (@Mandy 🍁)1545089289.0
@chrissyteigen Quesadilla!!!!— Padma Lakshmi (@Padma Lakshmi)1545092461.0
Let them help
@chrissyteigen not a fix but it helps: the more i let my kids "help" make something (even if it's my 3yo stirring r… https://t.co/lEjXlxLgDA— hedish (@hedish)1545086065.0
Pick your battles
@chrissyteigen Im a pediatric RN and the GI docs used to always say “Pick you battles, but don’t make food one of t… https://t.co/nY93PQ5EqD— Debbie Greene (@Debbie Greene)1545090025.0
@chrissyteigen I used total reverse psychology! I would purposely tell my kid that the dinner I was making wasn’t… https://t.co/gxvswQPRN0— Dr. Sylvia Martinez 👩🏻🏫🧶🎾🏋🏻♀️ (@Dr. Sylvia Martinez 👩🏻🏫🧶🎾🏋🏻♀️)1545101538.0
See?Jealousy is a really strong emotion, especially when it comes to kids. And parents can use that. After all, your main job is to manipulate their children into doing things that they want.
@chrissyteigen My daughter is on her 7th year of Mac n cheese. But her dad and I are still hopeful! My son is on hi… https://t.co/BBVIVRnPSD— Sarah 🤎🖤🏒 (@Sarah 🤎🖤🏒)1545088470.0
@chrissyteigen Completely normal at her age. They all go through. As a nurse, we tell parents to make sure they are… https://t.co/fjz8G7igrt— Melanie Jones (@Melanie Jones)1545094226.0
PB&JEventually, she'll get sick of eating peanut butter and jelly every night and she'll try out one of the dishes you make. And that will be the end of that.
@chrissyteigen Wait till she's hungry, then give her a "free sample" in a tiny cup with a tiny spoon. Just one bite… https://t.co/5Q6vZQwKWS— Airspacegeek (@Airspacegeek)1545090319.0
Mac and cheese and meatballs
@chrissyteigen Lol it’s a real thing. My two toddlers insist on Mac and cheese and meatballs every night. As a full… https://t.co/qZrmVzeqXt— JaGgED little PharmD (@JaGgED little PharmD)1545089994.0
@chrissyteigen My daughter will eat everything they serve at preschool - chicken Alfredo, Shepard’s pie, a turkey s… https://t.co/0hbuagLf3j— dana_nichole (@dana_nichole)1545089380.0
@chrissyteigen I remember my sister getting my nephew to eat broccoli by pretending he was a giant and they were tr… https://t.co/MQTRtK94Wa— MittenKittens 🐈 🥑🌮🍸 (@MittenKittens 🐈 🥑🌮🍸)1545097675.0
@chrissyteigen Tricked my daughter in to liking asparagus by calling it green spaghetti. Also carrot “french fries”.— katy (@katy)1545091353.0
@chrissyteigen My babysitter’s big innovation was using ranch dressing to entice me to eat veggies, and boy did it WORK— Harry Wood (@Harry Wood)1545106840.0
@chrissyteigen Turkey meatballs with grated zucchini and carrots. Let her help you roll them. My granddaughters are… https://t.co/Ct5vZBdZiN— @dr_zuchs (@@dr_zuchs)1545100235.0
Kids pick the recipe
@chrissyteigen Having them help in the kitchen is a great easy to get them to be more open to new foods. Let Luna p… https://t.co/8KkULNMHWE— Betsy Agnew (@Betsy Agnew)1545088002.0
"No thank you portion"
@chrissyteigen Something my mom instituted that made me try all kinds of new things: anything she made, we had to t… https://t.co/HPyFGulTMK— Kat Stratford 2020 (@Kat Stratford 2020)1545101169.0
Your favorite!Of course, if you don't want to mess with getting a kid to try one bite of something, just claim that they've already tried it and they absolutely love it! They'll believe you! They're kids!
@chrissyteigen Little kids like to dip their food in sauces. They also like different shapes.— I speak my Mind (@I speak my Mind)1545097671.0
@chrissyteigen I used to grind all the cooked veggies in the food processor and add them to the spaghetti sauce - b… https://t.co/yIEyqzjKla— jives #nomodofo (@jives #nomodofo)1545086372.0
@chrissyteigen My friend's daughter would only eat hot dogs...but she would also eat steak you just had to call it flat hot dogs— Bridget Calacci (@Bridget Calacci)1545089198.0
@chrissyteigen My kid eats little Caesar’s and McDonald’s sausage and cheese biscuits only. Like that’s it. Doctor… https://t.co/gIf5ZobJoo— Anna Cash (@Anna Cash)1545104170.0
@chrissyteigen My 3 1/2 year old son is obsessed with Ninja Warrior and we somehow convinced him if he eats all his… https://t.co/gWBulZh3Wu— Heather (@Heather)1545097062.0